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comical clown marionette
  • Hazelle, Inc.
  • comical clown marionette, 1933
  • Where object was made: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • wood, paint, cloth, metal, string, synthetic hair, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 36.5 x 16 x 6 cm strings not included in measurement
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 3/8 x 6 5/16 x 2 3/8 in strings not included in measurement
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7403

The wooden marionette is a clown, identified as the comical clown marionette, wearing a red clownsuit with white dots, a white ruffle collar and large white ruffles at the wrists and ankles. It has three large silver colored buttons, a small matching conical hat over the blond synthetic hair, and black shoes.

The black controller strings attach to a wooden controller.

This clown marionette was first manufactured in 1933 as the "Comical clown" and later, similar figures would be called "Teto the clown."